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Mirimirage

Allusion is not Illusion

You'll pry my books off my cold, dead body. By the time you shift them all I'll be flat and dessicated.

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Winter's Tales
Karen Blixen, Isak Dinesen
Black Lamb and Grey Falcon (Penguin Classics)
Rebecca West, Christopher Hitchens
Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell
Susanna Clarke
Already Dead
Charlie Huston
The Rings of Saturn
W.G. Sebald, Michael Hulse
Lady Audley's Secret
Mary Elizabeth Braddon, David Skilton
Unequal Protection: How Corporations Became "People" - And How You Can Fight Back
Thom Hartmann
The City, Not Long After
Pat Murphy
You Can Sketch: A Step-by-Step Guide for Absolute Beginners
Jackie Simmonds
Lonely Werewolf Girl
Martin Millar
Cummunities of Belief: Cultural and Social Tension in Early Modern France - Robin Briggs Witchcraft and the Community in France and French-speaking Europe

Briggs approaches this subject via social history and cultural anthropology, challenging the traditional historiography that defines belief in witches in terms of ignorance and superstition and focusing instead on a nexus of beliefs and practices rooted in local society. Like Keith Thomas, Briggs argues that persecution of witches was powered by local tensions, with political and religious authorities authorizing but not motivating.